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Sri Lanka’s election commission makes wearing face mask mandatory for voters

He said that hand sanitisers will be used and social distancing maintained at the polling booths. The chairman said voters have already been informed that they will be allowed to use their own pens to mark their preferences. Around 1.6 crore voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a 225-member parliament.

Sri Lanka follows a preferential system of voting for parliament elections and an electoral district elects several representatives for the parliament.  This is the first major election in the region after COVID outbreak and polling was postponed twice due to the pandemic. The ruling Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) is aiming to get two-thirds majority at the election in a bid to change the 19th amendment to the constitution which has curtailed President’s powers and set up independent commissions.

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